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Yeah, I have a friend who's Korean and I waited years until making jokes about wishing her a Happy Chinese New Year, and even then I was super careful to be totally clear I was being ironic, and even then she probably thinks I'm an asshole.
Oct 19, 2017 1:37 PM
I feel like there's a legit nonzero chance Trump buys this theory.
Oct 18, 2017 11:45 PM
Rated NCC-1701
Popsicle PeteBjork all but named Lars von Trier, which isn't really that surprising given his reputation for humiliating and abusing actors. Apparently, she sent a letter to Nicole Kidman warning her about him. Paul Bettany found him so repulsive that when he slept in the hotel next to his he tried to pull the bed away from the wall because he couldn't sleep knowing he was on the other side.

I'm starting to worry about Kubrick's inclination.

Let's not forget what a piece of shit Alfred Hitchcock was.
Oct 16, 2017 6:33 PM
I am also glad you are not dead, Looka. Good luck to you, man.
Oct 13, 2017 8:09 PM
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MeowOliver Stone believes ancient aliens killed JFK with a gay laser or some bullshit but Weinstein's accusers don't seem reliable.

"It's not easy what he's going through" - says Stone, secretly imaging how difficult it will soon be as his own assaulted women begin coming out of the woodwork.

That's exactly what he's thinking.

Yep.
Oct 13, 2017 5:35 PM
So we agree Arsenal is shit then.
Oct 13, 2017 2:48 AM
I'll be sure to tell my brother to ask the Dalai Lama about all this stuff the next time they hang out.
Oct 12, 2017 4:52 PM
Infinitus Corsair

I think the "fix" is multi-faceted and across the board. And the idea that the US's underperformance of its soccer potential has no relationship to its refusal to play along with literally everyone else at club level is ridiculous. Every club is reorganizing its squad over the summer--the peak of the MLS season. That doesn't impact mobility across the Atlantic? And I remember specifically that Dempsey and Bradley left Europe for MLS because the fucked-up pay structure of MLS allowed to actually make more money here than in Europe. So they made more money, became a bigger part of their shittier teams, and played in far less challenging leagues. That doesn't affect their cutting edge?

Brazil's 2014 World Cup squad had 4 out of 23 domestic players; Argentina was 3 of 23. That's what we should be striving for. Playing a disconnected league calendar and overpaying domestic stars through an anti-competitive centralized pay structure stands in the way of that. Last night's squad had 16 of 23 players from MLS teams. Of the other 7, five play in Europe (four in top leagues though, admittedly, the Championship is far stronger than MLS) and two in Mexico.


I don't think the schedule has no effect at all, but ultimately, talented players who want to go to Europe will get there. Marginal effect, sure. But at the same time, Paris is correct that playing over the winter is a nonstarter for MLS. Between competing with other sports and the weather, it would absolutely destroy attendances and what interest there is in a domestic league. It's not exceptionalism to observe that the circumstances in North America are different from say, Russia (and they've only been on the FIFA calendar for like 5 years).

I would like to fix the pay structure, that's a better argument. And Bradley's play has certainly suffered from being in a lesser league. But Dempsey? If we needed a 34-year-old to retain his cutting edge to save us from elimination, we were doomed.

Plus, Arsenal is shit.
Oct 12, 2017 1:55 PM
Infinitus Corsair
kgaardIf MLS is at all responsible for this fiasco, it's more likely because it has provided players from other countries in Concacaf (barring Mexico, obviously) a superior platform to develop in. None of these sides are great now, of course. But the gap is smaller than it was, and the margin for error obviously narrower. Another factor is the curious development gap from birth years 1990-94. Too few players who are hitting their prime now are contributing to the national team, though it's not entirely clear why. The good news is the growth of MLS academies and reserve squads is creating what looks like a potential bumper crop of talent over the next cycle (though it's too early to be certain about a lot of these guys). Whether or not you have pro/rel or are playing on the same calendar, the issue is the need for a deeper pool, and reserve squads and club academies are likely the best way to achieve that. (Not that there isn't a dark side there too.)

In general, the disconnect between MLS and the rest of world soccer contributes to our players remaining here instead of going abroad. The US is never going to come close to reaching its potential--as club soccer is currently run--when it's fielding a team of MLS losers plus Christian Pulisic. We may need stock up Madrid and Barca and Juventus like Brazil and Argentina, but we ought to have players in mid-table teams in England and Germany. Instead our core play for Seattle and Toronto at disproportionately large salaries designed to lure them away from their natural club destinations.

Of the 11 players who started on Tuesday, 2--Matt Besler and Darlington Nagbe--have only played in the U.S. Every other player either plays in Europe (Wood, Yedlin, Pulisic) or Mexico (Gonzalez, Villafana), played core years in Europe (Howard, Altidore, Bradley, all of whom started in MLS), or started their career in Mexico (Arriola). There's absolutely no evidence that the MLS's calendar somehow keeps players here when they could otherwise move abroad. Matt Miazga, Weston McKennie, and Emerson Hyndman have all moved abroad from MLS clubs or acadamies, and players like Kellyn Acosta and Tyler Adams are likely to follow.
This result was bad (duh) and in many ways an indictment of US Soccer, but the fix isn't getting on FIFA's calendar, it's cleaning out the top, starting with Gulati, then continuing to build academies and developing coaching resources nationwide (the federation is sitting on about $100 million that go a long way toward coaching development).
Oct 12, 2017 3:06 AM
briggm
kgaard
briggmIf you think the US team is shit, Crystal Palace have set a Premier League record for the most number of games to start a season without winning a game or scoring a goal. We're currently at 7 games without a goal I think, and the only team in Europe not to score.

Bring back Alan Pardew!

Said no Crystal Palace fan, ever.

Alan Pardew? Alan Par-don't!
Oct 11, 2017 2:32 PM
briggmIf you think the US team is shit, Crystal Palace have set a Premier League record for the most number of games to start a season without winning a game or scoring a goal. We're currently at 7 games without a goal I think, and the only team in Europe not to score.

Bring back Alan Pardew!
Oct 11, 2017 1:42 PM
If MLS is at all responsible for this fiasco, it's more likely because it has provided players from other countries in Concacaf (barring Mexico, obviously) a superior platform to develop in. None of these sides are great now, of course. But the gap is smaller than it was, and the margin for error obviously narrower. Another factor is the curious development gap from birth years 1990-94. Too few players who are hitting their prime now are contributing to the national team, though it's not entirely clear why. The good news is the growth of MLS academies and reserve squads is creating what looks like a potential bumper crop of talent over the next cycle (though it's too early to be certain about a lot of these guys). Whether or not you have pro/rel or are playing on the same calendar, the issue is the need for a deeper pool, and reserve squads and club academies are likely the best way to achieve that. (Not that there isn't a dark side there too.)
Oct 11, 2017 1:41 PM
Also it appears Panama's second goal against Costa Rica never actually crossed the line, which is about as Concacaf as it gets.
Oct 11, 2017 3:08 AM
So we help out Mexico 4 years ago and they couldn't return the favor? Pretty ungrateful!
Oct 11, 2017 3:07 AM
My brother wrote about meeting the Dalai Lama for Daily Kos (yes, I know).
Oct 11, 2017 3:05 AM
He's probably drowning Mike Pence in a toilet right now.
Jul 31, 2017 6:44 PM
I can only assume The Mooch is being kicked upstairs.
Jul 31, 2017 6:40 PM
Keep in mind that Trump is a guy who tweets what he just watched on Fox & Friends as if it were an original thought. So you can trace a lot of what he does to the last person who was in his ear. Given the nutjobs around him, I'm sure there's at least one with a hard-on for getting trans people out of the military.

Also, he clearly not only craves popularity, he assumes he is popular, because he is so awesome. So any evidence that he is unpopular, or that anything he does is unpopular, is automatically jettisoned as fake. He's like if epistemic closure assumed human form.
Jul 26, 2017 6:13 PM